An early benchmark of NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 system-on-chip (SoC), which was announced at CES 2014, shows the new mobile processor may potentially be “the next big thing in SoCs” this year, as Tom’s Hardware puts it. “Based on our initial looks at Tegra K1 in Lenovo’s ThinkVision, the SoC far outperforms any of its competition,” the site says about a 3DMark test, “posting 25%-higher results in the GPU-heavy graphics workload and CPU-limited physics test.” More →
NVIDIA on Sunday hosted a pre CES 2014 media event to unveil the successor of the Tegra 4: the next-gen mobile processor, the Tegra K1, a 192-core GPU “super chip” that will supposedly bring current-gen console-grade gaming experience to mobile devices. The Tegra K1 features the same Kepler architecture that powers “the fastest GPU on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti,” the company said, and the chip will be available in two configurations including a 32-bit quad-core, 4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex A15 CPU version, and a 64-bit dual Super Core CPU (codenamed Denver) version. More →
When Sony and Microsoft announced the specs of their new video game consoles, gamers were quick to realize that the architecture of the next-generation console is nearly identical to that of a high-end PC. 8GB of RAM, 8-core processors, and AMD graphics cards make for powerful machines, but do the consoles stack up to their gaming PC counterparts? According to an interview with a Nvidia executive at PCPowerPlay, the answer is no. In fact, Nvidia Senior VP Tony Tamasi believes that it is “no longer possible for a console to be a better or more capable graphics platform than the PC.” More →
NVIDIA has finally taken the lid off of its tablet. The Tegra Note is a “complete tablet platform” created by NVIDIA and powered by its own Tegra 4 mobile processor. The Tegra Note will feature the latest Android OS, a 7-inch HD IPS LCD display at 1280 x 800 resolution, rear 5-megapixel and front VGA webcam, 16GB internal storage with microSD slot, “HD Audio” stereo speakers, stylus with DirectStylus technology, HDMI port and 10 hours of HD video playback. More →
NVIDIA on Monday announced that its Shield gaming system will begin shipping by the end of the month. The company previously delayed the launch of the Android-powered device from its scheduled June release due to an unspecified mechanical issue with a third-party component. The Shield is equipped with a 5-inch 720p display attached to a controller that features dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers and A/B/X/Y buttons. Other specs include a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 72-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The system can also stream PC games from a computer with a GeForce GTX graphics card. The NVIDIA Shield is priced at $299 and will begin shipping on July 31st.
Even though manufacturers keep running away from Windows RT, chipmaker Nvidia is sticking by its commitment to make GPUs for devices based on Microsoft’s tablet operating system. Rene Haas, Nvidia’s vice president of computing products, told ComputerWorld this week that his company still believes Windows RT has a bright future ahead of it despite many analysts’ projections that the platform looks like it’s headed for the same graveyard now occupied by webOS and Symbian. In particular, Haas said that he viewed Microsoft’s decision to slash prices on the Surface RT as a positive sign because it meant that more consumers would get to experience the platform. More →
NVIDIA’s Android-powered Shield portable gaming console has been delayed until July. The system was originally set to debut on Thursday, however NVIDIA confirmed on Wednesday that a “mechanical issue that relates to a third party component” forced the company to delay the device’s launch. The Shield is equipped with a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 72-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device also includes dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers and A/B/X/Y buttons, and can even stream PC games from a computer with a GeForce GTX GPU. The NVIDIA Shield will be available sometime in July for $299.
NVIDIA on Thursday slashed the price of its Shield portable gaming console to $299 from $349 a week before its launch. The Android-powered system has impressive hardware that makes it one of the best portable gaming machines on the market. The Shield features a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 72-core GPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The device is even capable of streaming PC games from a GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer. Despite some of the best portable specs to date, however, the Shield still has a difficult road ahead of it. More →
Even though NVIDIA was passed over for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the company’s senior vice president, Toni Temasi, is excited for Sony and Microsoft’s next-generation consoles. Both gaming systems, and even Nintendo’s Wii U, are powered by hardware designed by rival chipmaker AMD. But Temasi said that the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One have helped close the performance gap between PC and console gaming, The Verge reported. The executive noted that the company’s $1,000 GeForce GTX Titan graphics card is roughly two and a half times more powerful than the PlayStation 4, compared to 13-times more powerful than the PlayStation 3. He believes that the new consoles will help “raise the bar” for PC gaming, adding that developers will no longer be intimidated by high-end PC graphics and can now “build really awesome content that can then scale to the PC.”
Earlier this year, NVIDIA announced a variant of its quad-core Tegra 4 processor that adds support for LTE radios. The Tegra 4i is equipped with four cores that can be clocked to up to 2.3GHz, a fifth processing core for battery conservation and an integrated NVIDIA i500 LTE modem. The chip also includes support for LTE Advance networks and NVIDIA’s Chimera camera technology. AnandTech reports that the Tegra 4i processor will debut in smartphones and tablets in the first quarter of 2014. Furthermore, NVIDIA has also designed a ‘Brand’ smartphone can be sold by wireless carriers. The handset is equipped with a 4.8-inch 720p display, a quad-core Tegra 4i processor, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage and a 13-megapixel camera. NVIDIA said the Brand smartphone will be priced between $300 to $400 without any subsidies, while other Tegra 4i-based phones could retail for under $200 with no contract.
In effort to curb ongoing market loss to Qualcomm and Samsung, NVIDIA has continued to aggressively upgrade its quad-core Tegra 4 mobile processor. The company on Tuesday announced that its Tegra 4i CPU, a variant of the Tegra 4 that includes an integrated LTE modem, has been updated to support LTE-Advanced networks with speeds of up to 150Mpbs, an increase from traditional LTE speeds of 100Mbps. NVIDIA notes that because of its “software defined radio technology” it can add support for new technologies with a simple software update, making the chip more future-proof than its competitors’. In the future, the company is also planning to update the processor to be compatible with voice-over-LTE technology. NVIDIA’s press release follows below. More →
NVIDIA on Tuesday announced the upcoming availability of its Shield gaming console. The Android-powered handheld will be one of the first devices to be equipped with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, which includes 72 custom graphics cores and four Cortex-A15 processing cores. The controller features dual analog joysticks, a full-sized D-Pad, left and right analog triggers and A/B/X/Y buttons, and can even stream PC games from a GeForce GTX GPU-powered computer. The Shield is also equipped with a built-in 5-inch 720p multi-touch display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a microSD slot, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, a mini-HDMI port and runs a stock version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. More →
An NVIDIA executive was recently quoted saying that mobile devices will soon begin to outperform the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The company’s chief executive, Jen-Hsun Huang, gave proof of this statement at NVIDIA’s investor meeting earlier this week. The CEO showed off the company’s next-generation mobile chip, known as Kepler Mobile, and claimed that it is capable of delivering the same high quality graphics found in its desktop line of graphics cards. Huang said that thanks to NVIDIA, mobile devices will be able to play high-end PC games such as Battlefield 3. More →